Mike Cammalleri scored twice as the Calgary Flames defeated the St Louis Blues in a physical game that featured 3 fights and over 50 minutes of penalties.
Curtis Glencross opened the scoring in this game, but not in a manner that he was proud of. He knocked the puck under Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and into his own net to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. Not to get too deep into the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” but if it were not for this own-goal, Kipprusoff would have probably registered his 4th shutout of the season. His play was fantastic as he stopped all 28 shots he faced – some of which were great scoring opportunities.
The Flames got on the scoreboard with Cammalleri’s first goal, which came 1 minute after the Blues goal, 23 seconds into the Flames second powerplay of the game. It was a feel-good goal for Flames fans because of who was sitting in the Blues penalty box: Cam Janssen.
Janssen, a St Louis-born player, spent most of the first period delivering elbows and late hits to the Flames players. He had a questionable hit on Andre Roy, where he left his feet many seconds after Roy had given up the puck. Of course, Roy responded to the hit with a good fight with the Blues enforcer. Janssen is not the kind of cheap-shooter that can’t defend himself, so Fans didn’t get the redemption they wanted until Janssen’s interference penalty late in the first period – which lead to Cammalleri’s goal.
Janssen’s play didn’t change much throughout the game, but his agitator antics were taken over by Brandon Crombreen who amassed a total of 19 minutes of penalties in the 2nd period. He received 2 for elbowing, followed by 5 for fighting with Adam Pardy, then another 2 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and eventually a 10 minute misconduct that sent him to the dressing room at the end of the period.
The Flames did not dominate this game by any means, and actually had a lot of trouble from the last-place Blues. Their physical game stopped the Flames from getting into any sort of rhythm and kept them from establishing an offensive presence in the Blues end for much of the game.
The game didn’t open up until David Moss scored the game winner late in the 3rd period. While on the powerplay, Moss, shot the puck out in front of the net from the side of the goal and it went in off Blues defender Jay McKee.
Cammalleri scored the insurance goal for the flames less than 60 seconds later on a nice shot that beat Blues goalie Chris Mason on the short side. To get open for the shot, Cammalleri had to fight past Blues D-man Barret Jackman, who is not known to give up ground easily. He did a nice little deke move and found himself open at the bottom of the face-off circle with a chance to score. He did not disappoint and scored his 17th goal of the season, giving the Flames a 3-1 victory and their 7th straight win at home.